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Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:36 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 1:45 pm
 
By Pete Pistone


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(Dillon will bring back the famous number "3" to the Nationwide Series in 2012 - Photo courtesy TMS)


The iconic number "3" made famous by Dale Earnhardt will run in the Nationwide Series next season courtesy of Richard Childress and grandson Austin Dillon.

Childress announced at a press conference Friday morning at Texas Motor Speedway that Dillon would move up from the Camping World Truck Series to the Nationwide Series in 2012 and carry the same number of seven-time Sprint Cup champion Earnhardt.

AdvoCare will sponsor Dillon for twenty events on the schedule next season as RCR returns to the division on a full-time basis.

“We are excited to have AdvoCare on board as Austin makes the full time step into the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 driving the No. 3 Chevrolet,” said Childress. We look forward to working closely with them and the other partners on the No. 3 team to build a competitive and successful program.” 

RCR has a fairly successful history competing in NASCAR's number two division.  

The team has earned 56 victories and five series championships since its first season in 2000. Kevin Harvick won overall championships (driver and owner) in 2001 and 2006, Harvick and Johnny Sauter won the owner championship in 2003, Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer won the owner championship in 2007 and Clint Bowyer won the driver championship in 2008.

Dillon leads the Camping World Truck Series by eleven points heading into Friday night's WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas. 

Although he has driven the number three in truck competition, Childress said the decision to move it up to the Nationwide Series was taken lightly.

"The three has so much winning tradition, and Dale made that number famous," Childress said. "I know he'd be proud to see (Dillon) run it."

But Childress said truth be told the idea wasn't his own but rather that of Dillon's.

"Austin said, 'Pop-Pop, I want to use your number,'" Childress explained. "I said, 'Austin, that was my number, but Dale made the number famous.' He said, 'Well, it's still your number. I want to run your number.'

"How you going to tell your grandkid no on something?"

Childress said Friday that he has no intention of taking the "3" back into the Sprint Cup Series.
 
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Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Just A Number, Huh?

So it's just a number, huh?  Let me ask anyone who knows the first thing about NASCAR: when you look at that 3, what is the first thing you think of?  Do you think, "That's what 2 + 1 equals"?  Do you think, "That's just a 3."  NO, you don't.  You think of the late great Dale Earnhardt Sr., first and foremost, and if you say you don't, you're either a liar or you don't know $h!t about NASCAR.  It is NOT just a number.

This latest move is just one more reason why I and many others have lost all respect for Richard Childress.  The guy has hired nothing but punk whiners since Dale died (Bowyer, Harvick, Menard, etc.)  He's had more cosmetic surgery than a Beverly Hills wh0re.  He wears so much jewelry he has to ask someone to hold it all before he ambushes a REAL driver like Kyle Busch.  And now he has totally dishonored Dale by putting his pi$$ant grandson in a car with that number.  It's just wrong, and that's the plain truth.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

I agree willard! That # should be retired forever!



Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

#3 and in Black?  Earnhardt was an icon who died on the track.  I think that's grounds for the number to be retired.  Childress owns the number and he can do whatever he wants with it, but I don't agree with it.



Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

I don't like it. Dale is a NASCAR Icon. They should retire his number. I couldn't imagine if this were baseball and the article read Dillon to wear Mantles "7" for Yankees..



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

IT'S A NUMBER.

im really not sure who are the bigger morons...the hand full of red necks who think a number on a car is important or the media fools who think it's a story.....lets call it a tie



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

I am an Earnhardt fan, but the reality is, its just a number, just because someone else drives it doesnt change what Earnhardt did while driving the 3. Nascar has never retired numbers, Childress owns the right to it, and its his call. I think if anything its a good thing for Nascar just to have it back on the track, the few times Junior drove it, it was fun to see. Best of luck to Dillon he has some talent.




Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

Should read "RCR's 3 to Nationwide Series with Dillon"  Just sayin'.




Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

Nice.  Won't be enough money to save your team, but it will give you a amusing last grasp.



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

stupid.................



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Earnhardt's '3' to Nationwide Series with Dillon

It's not like the number is retired or anything like that.
I also think it's been long enough to where the number has been respected and taken off the track to the point where it's ok for it to come back on.
I know its a touchy subject with some people though. 


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